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Asus WL-100GE User Manual

Wireless local area network card for 802.11g & 802.11b wireless networks.
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Wireless Local Area Network Card
WL-100gE
(For 802.11g & 802.11b Wireless Networks)
User's Manual
E2159 / Jul 2005

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  • Page 1 ® Wireless Local Area Network Card WL-100gE (For 802.11g & 802.11b Wireless Networks) User’s Manual E2159 / Jul 2005...
  • Page 2: Copyright Information

    Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing.
  • Page 3 Technical support General support (tel):+1-502-995-0883 Online support: http://support.asus.com Notebook (tel): +1-510-739-3777 x5110 Support (fax): +1-502-933-8713 ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany & Austria) Company address: Harkort Str. 25, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany General (tel): +49-2102-95990 Web site address: www.asuscom.de General (fax): +49-2102-959911 Online contact: www.asuscom.de/sales...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Status - Advanced ................. 33 Survey - Site Survey ..............34 Ping ....................35 About - Version Info Tab ............... 36 Link State ..................37 Exit Wireless Settings ..............37 Ad Hoc ....................38 Windows XP Wireless Properties ............40 ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 5 FCC Radio Frequency Interference Requirements ...... 53 FCC RF Exposure Guidelines (Access Points) ......53 FCC RF Exposure Guidelines (Wireless Cards) ......54 Canadian Department of Communications ........54 Operation Channel for Different Domains .......... 54 France Restricted Frequency Band ............ 55 ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 6 ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 7: Introduction

    PCMCIA compliant “wireless” network interface card (NIC) for any computer equipped with a PC Card slot (available mainly in Notebook PCs). The ASUS WLAN Card is designed to be fully compliant with both the IEEE 802.11g and IEE802.11b wireless local area network (Wireless LAN) standards.
  • Page 8: Installation

    Important: Install the WLAN card utilities before inserting the WLAN Card into your computer. Follow these two easy steps before using the WLAN card. 1. Install the WLAN card utilities and driver from the support CD. 2. Insert the WLAN card into your computer. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 9: Installing The Wlan Utilities And Driver

    Folder or click Browse to select another folder. 5. Click Next to place icons in the default pro- 6. When Setup is complete, click Finish to exit gram folder or type another folder name. the installation wizard and restart Windows. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 10: Orientating The Antenna

    Orientating the Antenna The ASUS WLAN Card has two integrated antennas, one external omnidirectional antenna and the other is a built-in diversity antenna. It is recommended that you adjust the external antenna straight up for maximum range and higher link quality. Lower the external antenna when transporting your Notebook PC.
  • Page 11: Reading The Wlan Status Indicators

    LEDs that indicate the status of the WLAN Card . Power LED Air LED Power LED OFF: No power or error. Power ON. Air LED OFF: No wireless activity. Blink: Transmitting or receiving wireless data. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 12: One Touch Wizard (new Wireless Lan)

    3. Setup is complete. Click Finish to exit the 4. Click OK to start ICSS setup. wizard or click Next to continue with more advanced features. 5. Select your Internet connection from the list. 6. Setup is complete. You can review your set- tings here. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 13: One Touch Wizard (existing Lan)

    Use the One Touch Wizard to setup your wireless connection. 2. Select an AP from the available networks. 1. Select Connect to... and click Next to use the simplest configuration or select another option first. 3. Setup is complete. Click Finish to exit the wizard. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 14: Configuring The Wlan Utility

    Click Apply to save your settings 6. You can also see the connection quality on 5. Check the “Status” page to see the “Asso- the “Connection” page. Click OK to exit the ciation State”. It should show “Connected - utility. xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx”. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 15: Soft Ap (windows Xp Only)

    Other computers can send and receive email and access the Web as if it were connected directly to the Internet. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 16 Status Page Encryption Page Enter a MAC Address on the Access Control Clicking Apply after configuring Soft AP will page and select “Accept” or “Reject” or “Dis- show the “Access Control” tab. able” from the pull-down menu. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 17 IMPORTANT: If the end points of a chain are connected to each other a loop is created. Normally it is advised to avoid loops involv- ing bridges as it can lead to performance breakdowns, and broad- cast and multicast storms. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 18 Chapter 2 - Installation ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 19: Software Reference

    – Only use “WLAN Card utilities” to configure the WLAN Card. (recommended) You can return to the Wireless Option setting at any time by left clicking the control center icon and choosing “Wireless Option”. Taskbar Left-Click Menu ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 20: Wlan Control Center

    The link quality of the WLAN Card (Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor, Not Linked) • Whether the WLAN Card is connected to the Internet (Blue: Con- nected, Gray: Not Connected) Taskbar Icon and Status (station mode) Taskbar Icon and Status (access point mode) ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 21 Excellent link quality but not connected to Internet (Infrastructure) Good link quality but not connected to Internet (Infrastructure) Fair link quality but not connected to Internet (Infrastructure) Poor link quality but not connected to Internet (Infrastructure) Not linked and not connected to Internet (Infrastructure) ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 22 Access Points within range. • Wireless Option (Windows XP only) – Sets your Windows XP wire- less networking environment. Taskbar Icon - Launch Wireless Settings Double-clicking the taskbar icon: • Launches the Wireless Settings application. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 23: Wireless Settings Utility

    Open the Windows Control Panel, and then double-click the WLAN Card Settings icon. • Click the Windows Start button, select Programs | ASUS Utility | WLAN Card | Wireless Settings. • Right-click the Control Center icon on the Windows taskbar, select Wireless Settings.
  • Page 24: Mac Address

    Displays the radio channel that the card is currently tuned. This number changes as the radio scans the available channels. Current Data Rate Displays the current transmit data rate in megabits per second (Mbps). See Chapter 5 - Glossary ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 25 Auto roaming is enabled by default and will automatically switch to stronger access points. You can uncheck it if you have many access points and do not want to constantly switch to different networks. If you want to use a particular profile. You can also check it here. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 26: Status - Connection

    Hoc node the station is currently connected to. Ratings are: Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor. Overall Connection Quality It is derived from the current "Signal Strength". A graph displays a connection quality range between 0 and 100 percent. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 27: Status - Ip Config

    IP Renew - Clicking this button will attempt to renew the DHCP IP address for the WLAN Card in case you want to obtain a new IP address. NOTE: The IP Release and IP Renew buttons can only be used on the WLAN Card that is configured with DHCP. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 28: Config - Basic

    32 case sensitive characters, such as “ Wireless LAN”. NOTE: Set the SSID to a null string, if you wish to allow your station to connect to any Access Point it can find. But you cannot use null string in Ad Hoc mode. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 29: Data Rate

    Advanced – Click on this to show the "Advanced" tab. In most cases, the default values do not have to be changed. Troubleshooting – Click on this to show the Troubleshooting utility. Click Apply to save and activate the new configurations. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 30: Config - Encryption

    Shared - Select this option allows the network to operate on an Shared Key mode. In a Share Key Authentication system, four-step exchange of frames is required to validate that the station is using the same WEP Key as the Access Point. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 31: Data Encryption

    This option is enable only if you enable WEP Encryption. The WEP Key is a 64 bits (5 byte) or 128 bits (13 byte) Hexadecimal digits that is used to encrypt transmit data packets and decrypt received data packets. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 32 You then click the Apply button to create your encryption keys. After you click the Apply button, the Wireless Settings Utility uses asterisks to mask your keys. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 33 (104 + 24). Some vendors refer to this level of WEP as 104 bits and others refer to this as 128 bits. Our Wireless LAN products use the term 128 bits when referring to this higher level of encryption. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 34: Status - Advanced

    The default value (2346) is recommended for normal use. Preamble Mode This parameter is used to control whether frames will transmit with the Long or Short Preamble. The default value is Long Tx Preamble. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 35 It’s is a proprietary solution to take advantage of the high data rate (125 Mbps), the consumer will have to possess a wireless card and router compliant with the Encore technology. Click Apply to save and activate the new configurations. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 36: Survey - Site Survey

    SSID. Buttons Search – Scan all available wireless networks and show the scan result in the “Available Network List”. Connect – To associate a network, select it from the “Available Network List” and click this button. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 37: Ping

    Stop anytime to cancel the ping session. The session field displays information on the verified connection including the roundtrip time (minimum, maximum, and average) and packets sent, received, and lost after a ping session. Click the Clear button to clear the session field. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 38: About - Version Info Tab

    The program version information field includes the Copyright and utility version. The version information includes the NDIS version, driver name, and driver version. This screen is an example only. Your version numbers will be different from what are shown here. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 39: Link State

    To exit Wireless Settings, you can click OK or Cancel. This utility may be closed at any time and from any tab. If you did not save the configuration settings, you will be prompted to do so. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 40: Ad Hoc

    Key 1 ~ 4 ply when done. fields. Click Apply when finish. IMPORTANT! The encryption settings of the Wireless LAN card and the wireless device must be identical to establish a connection. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 41 Wireless LAN card is con- link quality between the Wireless nected to the device. If connec- LAN card and the wireless de- tion is established, the Associa- vice. tion State field shows “Con- nected - ” XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 42: Windows Xp Wireless Properties

    5 bars meaning excellent signal and 1 bar available networks and set the connection meaning poor signal. preference order with the Move up and Move down buttons. The radio tower with a signal icon identifies the currently con- nected access point. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 43 Windows XP Wireless Properties (Cont.) 5. The “Authentication” page allows you to add 6. The “Advanced” page allows you to set fire- security settings. Read Windows help for wall and sharing. Read Windows help for more information. more information. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 44 Chapter 4 - Troubleshooting ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 45: Troubleshooting

    Verify that the “SSID” of your WLAN Card is set to the same “SSID” of an Access Point. c. Verify that the “Encryption” type is the same as that of an Access Point. If you enabled “WEP” encryption, you must also set the same WEP Keys on both sides. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 46 98 or ten bindings in Windows Me. These limits are imposed by the Microsoft operating system. Solution: If your computer already has the maximum number of TCP/IP bindings, remove one of the network adapters from the Network configuration before installing the WLAN Card driver. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 47: Glossary

    COFDM uses 48 of these subchannels for data, while the remaining four are used for error correction. COFDM delivers higher data rates and a high degree of multipath reflection recovery, thanks to its encoding scheme and error correction. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 48: Default Key

    Each bit of transmitted data is mapped into chips and rearranged into a pseudorandom spreading code to form the chipping sequence. The chipping sequence is combined with a transmitted data stream to produce the output signal. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 49 The most widely used LAN access method, which is defined by the IEEE 802.3 standard. Ethernet is normally a shared media LAN meaning all devices on the network segment share total bandwidth. Ethernet networks operate at 10Mbps using CSMA/CD to run over 10-BaseT cables. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 50 802.11a uses an entirely different encoding scheme, called OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing). The 802.11b spectrum is plagued by saturation from wireless phones, microwave ovens and other emerging wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth. In contrast, 802.11a spectrum is relatively free of interference. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 51 The TCP/IP standard protocol that defines the IP datagram as the unit of information passed across an Internet and provides the basis for connectionless packet delivery service. IP includes the ICMP control and error message protocol as an integral part. It provides the functional equivalent of ISO OSI Network Services. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 52 A basic message unit for communication across a network. A packet usually includes routing information, data, and sometimes error detection information. Pass Phrase The Wireless Settings utility uses an algorithm to generate four WEP keys based on the typed combination. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 53: Subnet Mask

    Any device containing IEEE 802.11 wireless medium access conformity. Subnet Mask A subnet mask is a set of four numbers configured like an IP address. It is used to create IP address numbers used only within a particular network. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 54 For earlier Windows Operating systems, a WPA capable supplicant is required such as Funk Software’s Odyssey Client. WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) This is a group of computers and other devices connected wirelessly in a small area. A wireless network is referred to as LAN or WLAN. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 55: Safety Information

    Reprinted from the Code of Federal Regulations #47, part 15.193, 1993. Washington DC: Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, U.S. Government Printing Office. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 56: Fcc Radio Frequency Interference Requirements

    [20cm] between the radiator and your body. Use only with supplied antenna. Unauthorized antenna, modification, or attachments could damage the transmitter and may violate FCC regulations. CAUTION: Any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authorization to use this device. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 57: Fcc Rf Exposure Guidelines (wireless Cards)

    Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada. Operation Channel for Different Domains N. America 2.412-2.462 GHz Ch01 through CH11 Japan 2.412-2.484 GHz Ch01 through Ch14 Europe ETSI 2.412-2.472 GHz Ch01 through Ch13 ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 58: France Restricted Frequency Band

    This requirement is likely to change over time, allowing you to use your wireless LAN card in more areas within France. Please check with ART for the latest information (www.art-telecom.fr) NOTE: Your WLAN Card transmits less than 100mW, but more than 10mW. ASUS WLAN Card...

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